Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup
The second annual Digital Learning Day was on February 6, 2013. We compiled some useful resources on digital learning to help you celebrate the day with your class.
Resources by Topic
- Integrating Technology into Schools
- Online Learning and Blended Classrooms
- Teaching with New Media Tools
- Video Games in the Classroom
- Working with Digital Learners
- Additional Resources on the Web
Integrating Technology into Schools
- New Video! An Introduction to Technology Integration (2012)
Integrating technology with classroom practice can be a great way to strengthen engagement by linking students to a global audience, turning them into creators of digital media, and helping them practice collaboration skills that will prepare them for the future.
- New! Research Review: How to Successfully Use Technology in the Classroom (2013)
Edutopia's tech integration review explores some of the vast body of research out there and helps you navigate useful results. In this series of five articles, learn about three key elements of successful technology integration, discover some of the possible learning outcomes, get our recommendations on specific practices and programs by academic subject and promising tools for additional topics, find tips for avoiding pitfalls when adopting new technologies, and dig into a comprehensive annotated bibliography with links to all the studies and reports cited in these pages.
- Tech2Learn Video Series: Success Stories of Technology Integration in the Classroom (2012)
This video series goes inside the classrooms of educators who use technology tools in their lessons every day. Learn from their challenges, celebrate their successes, and share their resources in every episode.
- Mobile Learning: Resource Roundup, by Edutopia Staff (2012)
From smartphones and tablets, to MP3 players and e-readers, today's students have a variety of mobile technologies at their fingertips.
- Five Steps for Implementing a Successful 1:1 Environment, by Andrew Marcinek (2011)
Blogger Andy Marcinek outlines the conditions that need to be in place for a successful 1:1 implementation.
- Technology Integration for Elementary Schools, by Grace Rubenstein (2010)
High-tech teaching tips for little tykes, from our Schools That Work package on Forest Lake Elementary School.
For more ideas, check out our lineup of blogs that focus on technology integration.
Online Learning and Blended Classrooms
- Blended Learning Series, by Lisa Michelle Dabbs, Andrew Miller, and Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2012)
This three-part blog series covers tips and strategies for incorporating blended learning -- a combination of both online and face-to-face education -- in the classroom.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Flipped Classrooms, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)
Learn more about the challenges and benefits of flipped classrooms, where lectures are assigned as homework and hands-on learning happens in class, in this playlist of videos from VideoAmy.
- Connecting Project-Based and Blended Learning, by Brian Greenberg (2011)
PBL and blended learning prove to be two educational approaches worth combining.
- Salman Khan on Liberating the Classroom for Creativity (2011)
The founder of Khan Academy, a free educational video library that features over two thousand titles and an interactive dashboard for formative assessment, discusses how his videos can help create a "flipped classroom" that allows blended learning -- online lectures can happen at home and project-based learning can happen during school.
- Schools That Work: The Brave New Breakthrough of Online Learning (2010)
Discover how K-12 students and teachers from across the country are using virtual technology to create enhancements to their learning experiences and new success in their lives.
Teaching with New Media Tools
- Six Tips for Teachers: How to Maximize Shared Resources, by Mary Beth Hertz (2012)
Blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests six ways to overcome the problems of technology resource sharing in a school where there may not be enough to go around.
- Challenging the Model of 1:1 with BYOD, by Amanda Paquette (2012)
Tech specialist Amanda Paquette describes how her school district is blending the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and 1:1 classroom technology models to meet students' needs.
- Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom, by Ben Johnson (2011)
Blogger Ben Johnson shares iPad features to assist in classroom learning as well as apps to include in curriculum.
- Doing More with Less (and Other Practical Educational Technology Tidbits), by Adam Bellow (2011)
Adam Bellow, Outstanding Young Educator at ISTE, shares his thoughts on simple ways of integrating technology.
- Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media Guide, by Edutopia Staff (2011)
Our downloadable PDF classroom guide is full of succinct and practical ways to prepare our students for 21st-century success. This guide will help you deliver the relevant and meaningful education all students deserve.
Video Games in the Classroom
- Game-Based Learning to Teach and Assess 21st Century Skills, by Andrew Miller (2012)
Andrew Miller reviews some of the popular gaming titles with an educator's eye on enhancing the development of 21st century skills.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Game-Based Learning, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)
The social Web is buzzing about the possibilities and potential downsides of video games in education. VideoAmy has put together a playlist of videos about games for learning.
- Video Games for Learning: Resource Roundup, by Edutopia Staff (2011)
Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and resources on using video games and simulations in the classroom.
- Get Your Game On: How to Build Curriculum Units Using the Video Game Model, by Andrew Miller (2011)
Get specific classroom techniques for building a game structure across different subjects.
- A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool, by Judy Willis (2011)
Blogger Judy Willis MD was a neurologist before she became a teacher; she shares some insights about how the brain responds to video games.
For more ideas, check out our lineup of blogs that focus on game-based learning.
Working with Digital Learners
- Digital Native vs Digital Citizen? Examining a Dangerous Stereotype, by Mary Beth Hertz (2012)
Mary Beth Hertz invites us to look at our assumptions that all kids are born tech-savvy, and encourages us to think more globally about how we can teach them to thrive as citizens in a digital world.
- Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)
VideoAmy explores the topic of digital citizenship with this playlist of videos on the importance of online safety, manners, privacy, and responsibility.
- Project-Based Learning for Digital Citizens, by Andrew Marcinek (2011)
Blogger Andrew Marcinek shares the real payoff for his digital literacy students: collaboration, networking and results.
- Digital Citizenship: Resource Roundup (2011)
Check out Edutopia's collection of articles, videos, and resources on cyberbullying, netiquette, and internet safety.
- The Digital Divide: Resource Roundup (2011)
The "digital divide" is still a critical issue in education and beyond, and is even more complex than it was a decade ago. Here's a roundup of resources and organizations to help educators understand both the history and the new landscape of the digital divide.